Saturday, July 18, 2015
This is me playing around on a different size canvas panel so it will not fit a standard frame.
I think I have 4 paintings going at once at the moment and when there is a lot of paint with no where to go I grab a panel and try different things. A lot of them go in the garbage. I call them learning exercises. I rather liked this one.
Enjoy a beautiful day.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
This painting was an experiment in patience and many many layers of transparent paint.
I wanted to see what happens when you use a printers roller to spread paint on the surface. I had scooped some thick paint on and some thinned paint on. Then I started to roll the paint together. The texture was interesting but didn't quite do it. From then on I put layer after layer of transparent paint on and the texture remained. For the longest time I kept looking at it knowing it wasn't quite there yet and then when finishing another painting that had a lot of deep orangey red in it I knew just a touch of that color in the foreground would do it.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Why flirtation? Some don't come easy. I think they will because I can feel the brush strokes in my body before I start and then I look and it just isn't there. Then I put it away to dry and come back at it and so it goes. Back and forth. Is it heading for the garbage or will I give it another whirl.
Then it becomes a matter of "it doesn't matter so just go with it." It flirts with danger (the garbage can) and color (my love). Thick juicy paint. Back and forth. Many, many layers of color and they show through when up close.
Then all of a sudden I get this intuitive message to stop.
Hope you like it.
Monday, June 22, 2015
More accurate view
I don't do a lot of "Plein Air Painting" for quite a few reasons. The first is that I am not very good at it. Some of the other reasons are that there is a lot of equipment to put together to get outside to paint and then the environment takes over - the wind, the bugs, the dogs, the people who all have a relative that paints OR the ultimate question -"Are you an artist" I don't really mind the later because it adds to the experience. It really boils down to the first part.
The value comes in doing it anyways. The reason is that when I am out there looking at the real thing
I see what no camera would ever see and the part that has attracted me in the first place gets implanted in my mind. This attraction often shows up later in an abstract or intuitive painting because I took the time to try and record it.
With the two images you see above, the lower one was done outside and the upper one was a more accurate depiction. I am not too sure that I am keen on either one but I know I learned a lot so I will keep doing this exercise this summer and see if I get any better at it. If not then I do know that I will of learned a lot. The questions after the painting may be - "what was the attraction?" "did you capture it?" what do you like? "what don't you like?" why? "how might someone you admire of done the same thing?"
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Myrtle Rocks is becoming my favorite subject. Come for a visit and you will understand.
There is a definite shift in the cloud formation, wind action and water action. It may be hard to believe but the water was calmer this winter than it is now. The trick in the painting is to try to capture this.
I've been out on my kayak this month and almost been swamped. Myrtle Rocks is usually the destination.